Living on-campus

Living on-campus

You may well be leaving home for the first time, so choosing somewhere to live is very important. Living on-campus in one of Richmond University’s halls of residence means you get to experience many benefits as you begin your studies with us, including:

  • Always being within walking distance of your next lecture
  • Having easier access to all the facilities at the university
  • Fully catered, with meal plans (except Montford House, but you can choose the university meal plan for an additional fee)
  • More contact with your faculty and fellow students
  • Easy access to support services through University staff living in-residence, or visiting frequently
  • It eases your transition to life at Richmond University
  • Increased security and safety – Both campuses are covered by comprehensive CCTV and accessible security personnel 24/7. The majority of our residences are secured with photo ID swipe card access
  • Access to free high speed Wi-Fi, which covers all of the buildings on the campus
  • No hassle with utility bills (gas, electricity and water is included) or any other outgoings associated with living off-campus; which are variable
  • Free laundry services, or facilities
  • Having all the essential furnishings supplied in your room
  • Feeling more a part of everything that’s going on at the university in general
  • Accommodation which conforms to the Student Accommodation Code, as administered by Universities UK

Accommodation comprises of single, double and multiple occupancy rooms split over two campuses at the University – Richmond and Kensington. Richmond is a quiet residential area and accommodation here is mainly for first and second year students. Kensington, too, is quite a residential area, yet sits snugly in the heart of London and caters for our third and fourth year students, as well as postgraduate students. Kensington’s lecture halls, classrooms, offices and some on-campus accommodation are contained within five buildings, all within a 10-minute walk of each other.

Richmond Accommodation

Lower cottage

Sitting snugly to the left as you come in the main entrance to the campus, Lower Cottage is a mere 1 minute walk from the main building. One of our smaller satellite buildings, it’s a cosy residence split over two storeys. It feels like a cottage, and even benefits from its own outside seating area – perfect for studying and socialising in the summer months. There’s even a traditional English pub ‘The Lass o’ Richmond Hill’, just over the road.

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Main building

Situated in a quiet residential area, and never more than 50 paces from a lecture theatre, the main building is the oldest on the Richmond campus. It’s a real hub of activity for the university, offering a lot of convenience. With something always happening, there’s a relaxing yet vibrant ‘buzz’ about its atmosphere. This is the place to be if you like to mingle with academics and all of the students from across the campus.

Find out more about the Main Building

Red house

Located on the grounds of the main campus at Richmond Hill, a stone’s throw away from the main building, this three-storey house comes with ‘dabs of character’. Ideal if you prefer not to live in the main building but would like the convenience of being very close to the lecture theatres and everything else the campus offers.

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Longley House

Nestled just on the other side of the Richmond campus grounds, Longley House is just a minute’s walk from the main building. While this is one of our smallest satellite buildings it shares its space with an art studio; this is quite the creative building, with quiet, artistic contemplation always going on, making it a great place for reflective study.

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Montford House

Montford House is just a three minute walk from the main building and next door to Parkview House. The property has been split into flats, or apartments, with access at either side of the building. It’s ideal if you want to enjoy being part of a smaller community and share a place with just a handful of other students, rather than share with the whole building.

Find out more about Montford House


Originally a large house, Parkview is Richmond University’s newest student housing and is just a two minute walk from the main building. Set over four storeys, Parkview sits proudly on the main road leading to Richmond, opposite a bus stop, and is next door to Montford House.

Find out more about Parkview

Kensington Accommodation*

Atlantic House

Atlantic House is the main building on the Kensington campus and also the biggest residence, providing accommodation for 115 students. It’s the main student hub, acting as the central administration offices at the Kensington campus and taking care of anything from academic assistance to pastoral care.

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Collingham Gardens

Collingham Gardens is a beautiful, Grade II listed building residing in a quiet and highly desirable area of London. It has bags of character, which is something you can’t help but notice on your approach – as you walk up the Victorian tiled entrance.

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Courtfield Gardens

Courtfield Gardens is literally just a couple of minutes’ walk from Collingham Gardens. It’s not managed by Richmond University, but by a friendly company called Studio Let, who own the building and look after it very well.

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Ambassador House

Ambassador House sits tall, bold and full of character at numbers 26 and 28 Queens Gate Terrace, approximately halfway down this row of beautiful, old buildings. Not far from this residence are world-renowned museums such as the V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, so you will never be short of incredible places to visit.

Find out more about Ambassador House

Due to limited space on the Kensington campus, only students meeting the following criteria can be allocated housing in Kensington:

  • Richmond MA students
  • Richmond students who have earned at least 60 credits
  • Richmond students who have all or most of their classes on the Kensington campus
  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) London visiting students
  • Transfer students who have spent at least one semester on the Richmond Hill campus

Even in these cases it is not possible to guarantee housing on the Kensington campus and places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.